FASO DANSE THÉÂTRE
SERGE AIMÉ COULIBALY & ROKIA TRAORÉ
THEATER AM GOETHEPLATZ
DURATION: 90 MINUTES
FOLLOWED BY ARTIST TALK
Stunning spectacle that combined sweaty, ritualistic and ecstatic dance; propulsive music; and incantatory narration.
The New York Times
KIRINA is the name of a battle of the Mandinka people in the 12th century possessing great importance for West Africa. The hero Suniata defeated a tyrant and established a better rule. In his eponymous piece, the West African choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly transfers this epos to the present. With his energetic ensemble of nine dancers, four musicians, two singers, one narrator, and 30 extras from Bremen, he presents his vision of a self-determined Africa in opulent pictures. With powerful choreographed scenes, heaps of blood-red and black clothes and an excellent ensemble, Coulibaly emphatically tells of homeland, flight and migration.
In his choreographies, SERGE AIMÉ COULIBALY, who belongs to West Africa’s most significant voices in dance, combines traditional African movement languages with forms of contemporary dance. Born in Burkina Faso in 1972, he was trained at the FEEREN Company in Burkina Faso and the Centre Chorégraphique National de Nantes. As a dancer, he worked with Sidi Labi Cherkaoui and Alain Platel, among others. In 2002 he founded FASO DANSE THÉÂTRE.
The singer, songwriter and guitarist ROKIA TRAORÉ, born in Mali, has released numerous albums since 1998 and has been awarded with various prizes (including Songlines Music Awards, World Music Award of the BBC). She is a member of the Bambara Ethnic Group. Traoré calls her music, which combines various traditions of her homeland, contemporary music from Mali. Her lyrics often focus on social and societal issues, e.g. the status of women in Africa’s modern societies.
Concept/Direction: Serge Aimé Coulibaly
Composition/Musical Direction: Rokia Traoré
Libretto: Felwine Sarr
Created and performed by: Marion Alzieu, Serge Aimé Coulibaly, Ida Faho/Bibata Maiga, Jean-Robert Koudogbo Kiki, Antonia Naouele, Adonis Nebié, Ali ‘Doueslik’ Ouédraogo, Daisy Phillips/Giulia Cenni, Issa Sanou, Sayouba Sigué, Ahmed Soura
Musicians: Aly Keita/Youssouf Keita (balafon), Saidou Ilboudo (percussions), Mohamed Kanté (bass), Yohann Le Ferrand (guitar)
Singers: Naba Aminata Traoré, Marie Virginie Dembélé
Dramaturgy: Sara Vanderieck
Scenography: Catherine Cosme
Costumes: Salah Barka / Light Design: Nathalie Perrier
Video: Ève Martin
Text & Interpretation: Ali ‚Doueslik‘ Ouédraogo
Production: Faso Danse Théâtre, Ruhrtriennale
Coproduction: Festival de Marseille (FR), La Villette Paris (FR), les ballets C de la B (BE), Théâtre National WallonnieBruxelles (BE), Romaeuropa Festival (IT), Kampnagel Hamburg (DE), De Grote Post Oostende (BE), Kunstencentrum Vooruit Gent (BE), La Rose des Vents Villeneuve d’Ascq (FR), ExtraPôle ProvenceAlpes-Côte d’Azur (FR) / Thanks to: Ankata (Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso), Fondation Passerelle (Bamako, Mali)
Supported by der Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Wallonie-Bruxelles International Taxshelter Belgium, The Flemish Authorities / With the kind support of Institut français und des französischen Ministeriums für Kultur/Dgca